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20 April 2012

Cotswolds' National Arboretum to hold festival of wood

While the Cotswolds has never-ending potential for exploring, it is always nice to have some activities planned to break up your holiday.

The UK's National Arboretum at Westonbirt has announced that it is holding a three-day Treefest event which will take place over the bank holiday weekend in August and will be open to visitors between Saturday 25th and Monday 27th.

The festival will provide demonstrations of woodcraft and experts will show off some of the traditional skills which have been used for decades, if not centuries.

Three huge pieces will be created and once completed they will become part of Westonbirt's new natural play trail which will be based in Silk Wood.

Among the carvings will be an ornate chair, which will form a centre point for visitors' imaginative games, including hide and seek, taking inspiration from What Time is it Mr Wolf?

Fans of guided walking holidays will be able to get some exercise with treks led by an instructor, while woodland-inspired arts and crafts will also be on sale.

Puppetry, storytelling and live local music will help to ensure that there is something for everyone.

Last year, more than 20,000 visitors took part in Treefest, and it is also possible to camp at the venue for the three-night weekend.

Entrance to the event is reasonably priced at £12 per adult, and a £2 reduction is available if tickets are bought in advance.

The National Arboretum is managed by the Forestry Commission and is home to the UK's finest collection of trees.

There are 16,000 specimens of trees spread over 600 acres of land having been established in the 1850s by Robert Holford.

Bird-lovers are sure to enjoy their visit to Westonbirt as local wildlife takes shelter in the variety of trees which surround the area.

They range from tawny owls and tree creepers to swallows to robins depending on the time of year that you visit.

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